“You called me a liar, and I don’t like this,” said Graziella, the shop manager, looking hurt. “Look,” I said, “I never called you a liar and I didn’t mean to insult you, but I can’t see with these glasses you sold me.” I was standing at...

Have you ever gone on strike? If you’re American, I bet you haven’t. If I had to guess, I’d say that 99% of Americans have never walked a picket line, professional athletes notwithstanding. But in Italy, and other parts of Europe, strikes are an every...

Travelers expect people who work in tourist information offices to be friendly, helpful and proactive in providing information and tips that help them plan their visit to the destination. Over the years, I’ve visited hundreds of these places around the world and all the free...

As I write this, my two-year-old son James is fast asleep in his crib, with boxes of Kraft Macaroni & Cheese in his hands and around his little body. Like many products geared towards kids, it’s not so much that he loves the taste of...

I went to my local Home Depot the other day in search of a screw. For my office chair. And I brought my four-year-old son, Leo, my associate man-of-the-house with me. According to the New Georgia Encyclopedia, whatever the hell that is, the average Home...

I’m not sure why, but I try to cram before dental appointments. I’m normally an occasional flosser, but the night or two before a dental appointment, I will floss the living hell out of my teeth. And brush them a bit more vigorously to boot....

My four-year-old son, Leo, likes it when I leave the house because I designate him as man-of-the-house before I leave. In his world, being man-of-the-house means getting to have hot cocoa and watch Dog the Bounty Hunter cuddled up with his mom under the blankets. Not...

Last night, my wife and I decided to split a cup of decaf while talking a walk through Old Town Alexandria. I’ve never thought of a cup of to-go coffee as a splurge but as a freelance writer living in one of America’s most expensive...

The small sign in the window of a seen-better-days office building advertising $5 haircuts caught my eye. I was strolling around Annandale, Northern Virginia’s Korean enclave, doing some research for a story I was writing on the local Korean community for The Fairfax Times. I...

Eleven years ago, I quit a job in Chicago in order to take a long, solo, mostly overland trip from Cairo to Shanghai. I planned to spend about four months traveling through the Middle East, Russia, Ukraine, the Caucasus, Central Asia and China, and upon...

Do you know why I pulled you over? It's the question you hate to hear on a road trip and there is no right answer. In most cases, you know very well why you've been pulled over: you were driving too fast. But is it...

The small sign in the window of a seen-better-days office building advertising $5 haircuts caught my eye. I was strolling around Annandale, Northern Virginia’s Korean enclave, doing some research for a story I was writing on the local Korean community for The Fairfax Times. I...